Was it Love?: Deluge

This is a case of from nothing to something (or many things). For weeks, Ae-jeong has been holding out on the identity of Ha-nee’s dad, and suddenly in eps10-11, not only is the identity confirmed, everything seems to be ABOUT Ha-nee’s dad. It’s a literal “narrative vomit”. For weeks we had been watching Love playing... Continue Reading →

Was it Love?: Cat and the Bag

Ermygawd, it took all of 10eps to finally get Ae-Jeong to somewhat leak the identity of Ha-nee’s dad. And the “leak” happened in an embarrassing scene, where 3 out of 4 suitors were present, with Mummy Noh busy pummeling Ryu Jin, whom she thought was the “culprit”, and Ae-jeong finally screaming at her to say... Continue Reading →

Was It Love?: An Underdog Tale

I find it increasingly hilarious to see Sohn Ho-joon on screen with the other co-male leads. Cos there is this disparity in height — and breadth — between Oh Dae-oh and his competitions. So poor Dae-oh spends most of his time peering up at his co-actors and trying to (ahem) bulk himself up (unsuccessfully) with... Continue Reading →

Elegant Friends – First Impression

Story in a Nutshell Episode 1 opens with one of the five friends Ahn Gong-cheol (Yoo Joon-sang) running frantically along an apartment corridor, seemingly looking for an unit. He finally finds it, and after some banging on the door, realises the door is unlocked. As he rushes into the apartment, the scene is intercut with... Continue Reading →

First Impression: Was It Love?

In summary, this show is about:a) A damsel in distress,b) Her 4 Knights in Shining Armor, andc) A need for a paternity test. Main cast: Song Ji-hyo (from Lovely, Horribly) as single mum and novice PD, Noh Ae-jung.Sohn Ho-joon (from My Secret Terrius) as writer and Ae-jung’s old flame, Oh Dae-oh (or Cheon Ok-mun— his... Continue Reading →

First Impression: The Good Detective

The set up is somewhat like the recent Team Bulldog — we have the police team and the crime reporters team (with Ji Seung-hyun continuing to reprise his role in Team Reporter, but as an editor instead of profiler this time). Main cast: Son Hyun-joo (from Criminal Minds) as veteran detective, Kang Do-chang. He is... Continue Reading →

Final Review: Mystic Pop-up Bar

I much prefer the neater (and less draggy) ending of Mystic, compared to its touted look-alike “Hotel de Luna”. And given that it’s only 12eps (12!!), the pacing is also faster, so unlike Hotel, we don’t have the luxury of stretching out plot twists, guessing games, or having long-drawn teary goodbyes. From ep9 onwards, the... Continue Reading →

Mystic Pop-up Bar: Fast and Furious

Just as I was puzzling over the significance of certain characters and their super powers in my previous post, eps9-10 waste no time in dishing out the explanations. So we resolved — midway through Mystic — the identity of Crown Prince (yay, we were right!) and why Yeo-rin is a natural “repellent” (those guys she... Continue Reading →

Drama Special: Recipe for Happiness (JTBC, 2020)

This 2-episodes drama special told the stories of a 9th-grade civil servant Namgoong Jin-soo (Gong Myung) on how he pursued small happiness in his daily life to counter the stresses from various relationships. There were about 10 short stories in total, mostly about Jin-soo's relationships with his colleagues and classmates. Jin-soo actually wanted to quit... Continue Reading →

First Impression: Mystic Pop-up Bar

An awesome debut. Am waiting for more grudges to come. Main Cast: Hwang Jung-eum (from The Undateables) as Wol-ju. A shaman who has the mystical powers to enter a person’s dream state. After her suicide (long story), she was sentenced to help 100,000 people resolve their grudges in their dreams before she can receive her... Continue Reading →

Drama Review – Chief of Staff (jTBC, 2019)

Chief of Staff consisted of 2 seasons of 10 episodes each, with a total of 20 episodes aired to date. Synopsis (including spoilers): Season 1 Jang Tae-joon (Lee Jung-jae) was an aide for assemblyman Song Hee-seop (Kim Gap-soo), helping Assemblyman Song to eliminate all political rivals to be promoted up the political ladder. Tae-joon actually... Continue Reading →

Finial Review: Itaewon Class

sab: I’d give Itaewon a general average to above average rating. In terms of narrative, it largely follows the “underdog wins the day” theme. Only...instead of a quick win, Saeroyi revenge plan took nearly 2 decades to complete. Which, ironically, is more “realistic” than the usual cut and dried Underdog vs Goliath narratives in Kdramaland.... Continue Reading →

Itaewon Class: Team Soo-ah vs. Team Yi-Seo

kooriyuki and bearcatchong much prefer Soo-ah to Yi-seo, feeling the latter a tad... discriminatory and nasty in her remarks. True, Yi-seo is the best example of a perpetual Foot-in-Mouth, not that she cares. Since she has supposed “sociopathic” tendencies. In contrast, Soo-ah is the more layered of the two. Having grown up as an orphan,... Continue Reading →

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